It’s Winter Time – Should You Remove Your Dock from the Water Before it Freezes?

As winter settles in and boat owners are putting away their watercraft for the season, it’s important to consider how you will care for your dock during the next few months as well. While preparing for winter can look very different in parts of Texas than it does in the rest of the country, the threat of ice wreaking havoc on your dock is something you should take into consideration.

What can you do to prevent losing your dock to the elements? Should you remove your dock or leave it out in the elements? Let’s discuss.

Do You Need to Remove Your Dock Before Winter?

Removal is recommended for docks that are built for easy removal and installation. If you have a floating pier or a roll-in-and-out dock, it should be easy enough to grab a few extra pairs of hands and maneuver your dock out of the water. Standing docks can take a bit more time and muscle to remove but it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll only need to do this twice each year. Don’t forget, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you don’t think removal is necessary, you may be able to use a bubbler or agitator to help prevent the water from icing over. But keep in mind, that there are many areas that restrict the use of bubbler or at least enforce strict protocols for proper use. This is a good option for anyone that has a heavy dock that wasn’t really built for removal and installation each year.

Learn More from Kinsel Docks

Interested in the best winterizing options for your dock? Call (361) 729-7661 or contact our dock makers in Rockport today for more information.